Paris 17th District

Paris 17th District is located on the Rive Droite and is commonly known as Quartier des Batignolles-Monceau.

Paris 17th district - Boulangerie
Paris 17th district – Boulangerie

It includes:

Quartier des Epinettes, Quartier des Batignolles, Quartier de la Plaine Monceau and Quartier des Ternes.

The vast Plaine Monceau in the north of Paris remained semi-deserted until the 1850s.

Paris 17th District therefore has no history and its architecture is post French Revolution.

Until the late 18th century, this region was a vast hunting ground covered with moors and coppices.

The edification of the fiscal Mur des Fermiers Généraux attracted small businesses near the toll gates and the appearance of small communities.

The villages of Ternes, Courcelles, Villiers, Monceau and Batignolles, Epinettes and Clichy soon attracted speculators and developers.

The triangular shape district Quartier des Epinettes (La Fourche) is delineated by the Avenues of Clichy and St-Ouen.

These replace the ancient lanes that led to the villages of Clichy and St-Ouen.

The village of Villiers is part of the Quartier des Batignolles.

It from the estate of Villare, where the servants attached to the Merovingian Kings’ country estate of Clichy lived.

Villiers was on the territory of the commune of Clichy until 1860, then was attached to Paris.

The village of Courcelles is today part of the Quartier de la Plaine Monceau.

Little is know of the village of Corticella, but it is more likely that it was also attached to the royal estate in Clichy.

The village of Montchauf once was the property of St. Denis Abbey.

The Duke of Chartres, the cousin to King Louis XVI, bought it in the late 18th century in order to built a superb mansion and its park.

Half of the estate was developed in the mid 19th century, the other half has become the elegant Parc Monceau.

The Quartier des  Ternes corresponds to Rolus, a village that developed in two distinct areas.

Haut Roule developed by the Château des Ternes and Bas-Roule next to a leprosy known Hôtel du Bas-Roule.

The densely populated Bas Roule became a parish in the late 17th century (Saint-Philippe-du-Roule Church).

The three districts of Epinettes, Batignolles and Plaine de Monceau were part of the commune of Batignolles-Monceau until 1860.

They were then integrated into the capital in order to form Paris in 1860.

Paris 17th district, a dual district

Epinettes was then on the territory of Clichy and remained populous.

Monceau and part of Batignolles, on the other hand, were entirely redeveloped by Haussmann for the affluent bourgeoisie.

Straight and wide avenues were therefore opened, luxurious buildings erected and a railway line built.

This intensive expansion triggered the local industry and generated much wealth.

The opulent middle-upper-class settled in the south-west and in the vicinity of Malesherbes, Monceau, Courcelles, Villiers, Ternes and Porte Maillot.

Craftsmen and workers of the railway line concentrated in the north and the east by the populous 18th District.

This unusual bipolarity still defines Paris 17th District.

Metro stations serving Paris 17th District

Line 1: Porte Maillot, Argentine, Charles de Gaulle-Etoile
Line 2: Place de Clichy, Rome, Villiers, Monceau, Courcelles, Ternes, Charles de Gaulle-Etoile
Line 3: Villiers, Malesherbes, Wagram, Porte de Champerret
Line 13: Porte de St-Ouen, Guy Moquet, La Fourche, Place de Clichy, Porte de Clichy, Brochant

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